Papaoutai

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"Papaoutai"
Stromae-Papaoutai.jpg
Single by Stromae
from the album Racine Carrée
Released 13 May 2013
Format
Recorded 2012
Genre
Length 3:53
Label Mosaert
Songwriter(s) Stromae
Producer(s) Stromae, Papa Dizzy, Aron Ottignon
Stromae singles chronology
"Je cours"
(2010)
"Papaoutai"
(2013)
"Formidable"
(2013)
"Je cours"
(2010)
"Papaoutai"
(2013)
"Formidable"
(2013)

"Papaoutai" (Papa où t'es, French for "Dad, where are you?") is a song written and performed by Belgian musician Stromae. The song was released as a digital download in Belgium on 13 May 2013 as the lead single from his second studio album Racine Carrée (2013). The song peaked at number one in Belgium and France and became the best selling single of 2013 in Belgium. A remix of the song featuring Angel Haze also appears on the album.[1]

The song was performed live at the 2013 NRJ Music Awards, where it featured will.i.am. The song is also featured on the 2014 dancing game Just Dance 2015 for PAL regions only (it's available as DLC for NTSC regions).

Music video[edit]

The music video accompanying the release of "Papaoutai" was directed by Raf Reyntjens and released on YouTube on 6 June 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-two seconds. The video shows a young boy (played by Karl Ruben Noel[2]) trying to interact with his unresponsive father (played by Stromae), who sits motionless, his expression and body resembling that of a mannequin, while outside, other parents and children dance together. In the end, the son joins Stromae on the sofa, assuming a rigid, lifeless position identical to his father's. It refers to the absence of Stromae's father, who was killed in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.[3] The video has received over 430 million views on YouTube.[4]

Ceasare "Tight Eyez" Willis, one of the creators of Krumping, appears in the music video as a parent dancing together with his son.

Covers and parody[edit]

A translated English language cover by CUT_ titled "Papaoutai (Stromae Cover)"[5] was released in April 2014 charting in SNEP French Singles Chart.[6]

A cappella group Pentatonix and violinist Lindsey Stirling covered the song on Pentatonix's album PTX Vol. 3, released on 23 September 2014.[7]

Lamaoutai (Llama, where are you?) is a spoof created in November 2013 about the kidnapping of Serge the Llama from a circus in Bordeaux.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Papaoutai" 3:51
2. "Papaoutai (Extended)" 6:18
3. "Papaoutai (Mystique Remix)" 5:01
4. "Papaoutai (Nicolaz Remix)" 5:52
5. "Papaoutai (Liam Summers Remix)" 4:04

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[33] 3× Platinum 60,000*
France (SNEP)[34] Diamond 976,000*
Italy (FIMI)[35] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[36] Platinum 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[37] 2× Platinum 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Belgium 13 May 2013[38] Digital download Mosaert

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Racine Carrée by Stromae". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. July 26, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ [imdb.com/name/nm6733369 Karl Ruben Noel - IMDb]
  3. ^ New York Times, October 15, 2013
  4. ^ Stromae - Papaoutai. YouTube
  5. ^ Music video of the CUT_ cover
  6. ^ Lescharts.com: CUT_ "Papaoutai" page
  7. ^ Papadatos, Markos (13 August 2014). "Pentatonix to release first single and video from 'PTX Vol. 3'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Pour tourner le clip de "Lamaoutai", Serge le lama est amené en boîte de nuit à Cannes, Le Huffington Post, 23 November 2013
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Ultratop.be – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Stromae – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Stromae.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201343 into search.
  14. ^ "Stromae – Chart history" Billboard Euro Digital Songs for Stromae.
  15. ^ "Stromae: Papaoutai" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ "Musicline.de – Stromae Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. ^ "{{{artist}}} – Papaoutai Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  19. ^ "Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale WK 27 (dal 30-06-2014 al 06-07-2014)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Luxembourg Digital Songs - August 31, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Stromae search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  23. ^ "Airplay 100" (in Romanian). Kiss FM (Romania). 
  24. ^ "Проект Земфиры возглавил чарт iTunes". Lenta.ru. November 25, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Stromae – Papaoutai" Canciones Top 50.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Stromae – Papaoutai". Swiss Singles Chart.
  27. ^ "Stromae – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for Stromae. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  28. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=2013&cat=s
  29. ^ "Top 100 Singles Jahrescharts 2013" (in German). VIVA. Viacom International Media Networks. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  30. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/annual.asp?year=2014&cat=a
  31. ^ "FIMI - Classifiche Annuali 2014 "TOP OF THE MUSIC" FIMI-GfK: un anno di musica italiana" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 9 January 2015.  Enter Stromae in the field Interpret. Enter Papaoutai in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  33. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2013". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  34. ^ "French single certifications – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  35. ^ "Italian single certifications – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 9 January 2015.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Stromae in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  36. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Stromae – Papaoutai" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  37. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Stromae; 'Papaoutai')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  38. ^ iTunes - Music - Papaoutai - Single by Stromae

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